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Sprint Cup Chase Standings 2014: NASCAR Grid, Reaction After Ford EcoBoost 400

Kevin Harvick needed a win at Phoenix to make the Chase's championship round. He got it. On Sunday, with Ryan Newman and Denny Hamlin in contention, Harvick needed another win to take his first title. And he did it again. Harvick pulled away after a late-race restart to take the 2014 Ford EcoBoost 400 and with it win the Sprint Cup championship. The No. 4 car finished a half-second ahead of Newman, who will have to settle for bridesmaid status. The race turned when Harvick pitted for four tires after a caution with 15 laps remaining. Newman chose to take only two tires and Hamlin, who finished seventh, did not pit, but the risky decision to take all four paid off for Harvick. His car, which led 54 laps, had a relatively breezy trip up ...

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